Thousands upon thousands of writers are gearing up for National Novel Writing Month where the goal is to produce at least 50,000 words of a first draft. It’s described as Thirty days and nights of literary abandon. I won’t be joining them. And it’s not just because I’m in the middle of finishing the latest round of revisions to Calyn’s … More Saying “No” to NaNoWriMo
A friend of mine, a writer who managed to make me laugh AND get teary eyed at the same moment, has started group-blogging as Swagger. This bunch of writers came together at a Highlights Foundation retreat and really bonded. Collectively, they’re an interesting bunch. Rich Wallace, for example, has written lot of great middle grade and YA novels. (On a … More Swagger?
At some point, the SCBWI Bulletin will publish my poem, WORD WRANGLING, which has the opening line of “Never force a metaphor.” While I fully support that recommendation, I would argue that you can play with metaphors and maybe even have them over for dinner. An extremely useful metaphor dropped into my lap after a trip to Yellowstone that ought to … More Finding Metaphors
I’ve been collecting quotes from writers and editors for the past 18 years or so. In fact, I just delivered a talk at the Michigan SCBWI’s fall conference on Mackinac Island that shared the quotes that I’ve been collecting for the past 18 years. I had about two pages worth of them from various events … More Some thoughts on writing from Donna Jo Napoli